Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering

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Executive Team
Co-Presidents Taylor Lynn Curtis & Diana Serra
VP Communications Suzanne Lee
VP Conference Julia Strauss
VP External Sarah Ford
VP Finance Sadiyah Shamsuzzaman
VP Internal Sharon Kattar
VP Mentorship Houda Shafique
VP Outreach Aastha Goyal
VP Sponsorship Julia London

Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) is a McGill student-run organization with a vision to increase the presence of women in the engineering classroom and profession. To achieve this goal, POWE reaches out to future engineering students and supports current students through professional development activities.


Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) is a philanthropic group at McGill University under Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS). POWE’s main goals are:

  • To support female and gender minority students in engineering
  • To encourage young women to join this field of study by exposing them to the many career opportunities that an engineering degree offers
  • To enlighten everyone about the important contributions and general role of women in the engineering field
  • To create a positive and friendly environment where fellow female engineers can socialize and seek support
  • To promote inclusion and diversity in engineering in all our activities

Main Events

Speed Mentoring Event


One of the largest and most successful annual internal events that POWE organizes is Speed Networking. It is an evening of fast-paced discussions between female/ gender minority students and industry professionals that facilitates valuable connections and conversations that students can then carry with them throughout their careers.

The evening is always extremely popular and in the past year drew roughly 80 students and 25 professionals. Due to its success, POWE also hosts a mini version of Speed Networking in the fall called Speed Mentoring, where we invite 10-15 professionals and about 30 students for more intimate, mentoring-focused conversations.

POWE Conference

By far POWE’s largest event, the Conference for Future Women in Engineering has been an annual event at McGill for over a decade. The event is so successful that we always fill to capacity months prior. During the conference, over 135 high school students from the Montreal and surrounding area come to McGill for a day to experience a microcosm of what it means to be a McGill Engineering student. The full day conference involves a keynote speaker, lab tours, student and professor panels, and concludes with a design competition. Year after year, we receive enormously positive feedback from both teachers and students.

Industry Tours

POWE visits many industries throughout the year. These tours aim to expose students to a wise variety of possible career paths with the hope of encouraging female students to remain within the discipline after graduation. In the past, POWE has visited Medtronics, CSA (Canadian Space Agency), Pfizer, Pepsi Co., IREQ (Hydro-Quebec Research Institute), and l'Oreal Canada.
POWE Delegation at WISE 2014


One of our major initiatives is in sending a strong delegation to represent McGill at national science and engineering conferences, particularly the Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) as well as WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and SWE (Society for Women Engineers). These conferences allow selected applicants the opportunity to participate in the conferences and, equally importantly, connect with industry, academic, and student representatives from across Canada, and internationally.


POWE’s outreach and mentoring program helps elementary school, high school, and CEGEP students learn about the many wonders of engineering. In addition to POWE’s annual conference, select engineering academic advisors, POWE student representatives, and professors participate in the McGill CEGEP Caravans. These McGill-dedicated visits to targeted Montreal CEGEPs (French and English) promote our engineering programs, services and opportunities to CEGEP student and counsellors. In total, ten visits are made, beginning in September and ending in mid-February.


POWE McGill was founded in October 1989.

The first POWE Speed Networking event took place in 2010.